Latest Northern Ireland News

  • UK ex-minister urges amnesty in Northern Ireland conflict Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - An amnesty should be offered to all those involved in 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland, a former British government minister said, ahead of a state visit by the Irish president that will highlight improved ties between London and Dublin. Peter Hain, a former Northern Ireland Secretary and a member of Britain's opposition Labour Party, told the Times an amnesty should be offered to those responsible for killing, bombing and maiming during three decades of conflict in the province. The amnesty should apply to all cases pre-dating the 1998 peace deal and soldiers should be treated in the same way as former loyalists or republican paramilitaries responsible for atrocities, he said. More »

  • NAMA sells €5.4bn Northern Ireland loan book but won’t disclose sale price
    NAMA sells €5.4bn Northern Ireland loan book but won’t disclose sale price Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The loan portfolio, codenamed Project Eagle, has been sold to New York based investment firm Cerberus. More »

  • Campaign launched to lure Game of Thrones fans to Northern Ireland
  • Game of Thrones: Putting Northern Ireland on the Map
    Game of Thrones: Putting Northern Ireland on the Map Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    For millions of fans around the world the wait is almost over, as on 6 April the fourth season of HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones returns to TV screens. Morocco, Iceland and Croatia have all been used to represent the vast fictional continent of Westeros, but the majority of the filming is done in Northern Ireland. It is estimated that "set jetting" tourists contribute about £1.8bn a year to the UK economy, and there's now hope that Game of Thrones can provide an Ulster tourist boom to match the effect The Lord of the Rings had on New Zealand. From 5 April they will be launching a brand new Game of Thrones tour that allows visitors to see some of the sites filmed in the show. More »

  • Scottish police search for sex offender who travelled to Belfast
    Scottish police search for sex offender who travelled to Belfast Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    Lorcan Halton failed to appear in a Scottish court and has not been seen since he boarded a ferry to Belfast. More »

  • Man Charged Over Holdall Bomb In Belfast
    Man Charged Over Holdall Bomb In Belfast Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    The suspect was arrested in the Shaw's Road area of West Belfast at around 11pm on Thursday. Area Commander for West Belfast, Chief Inspector Anthony McNally, said "We know only too well the death and destruction such devices can cause. "And there is no doubt that the intention of those behind this device was an attempt to kill police officers who serve this community on a daily basis. More »

  • Man uses hammer to rob service station in Belfast
    Man uses hammer to rob service station in Belfast Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    A member of staff was hit on the knee. More »

  • Lifesaving jab for children in Northern Ireland – but not the Republic (yet …
    Lifesaving jab for children in Northern Ireland – but not the Republic (yet … Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Ireland has the highest incidence of Meningitis B disease in Europe. More »

  • Ex-IRA chief charged over killing of Belfast widow
    Ex-IRA chief charged over killing of Belfast widow Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    DUBLIN (AP) — A former Irish Republican Army commander was charged Friday in connection with the 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast woman, a politically explosive crime because of its disputed links to Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. More »

  • Man charged over 1972 IRA killing of Belfast widow Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland police say they have charged a 77-year-old man with involvement in the Irish Republican Army's 1972 abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast woman, an unsolved case linked to Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. More »

  • Bomb Attack On Belfast Police Land Rover
    Bomb Attack On Belfast Police Land Rover Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Officers in Northern Ireland have escaped serious injury in a bomb attack on a police Land Rover. A passing car was badly damaged in the blast outside the City Cemetery in West Belfast.  But the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) now say the bomb was left in the area and detonated by a command wire. The blast blew a chunk of masonry out of a wall at the cemetery, which is at the junction of Falls Road and Whiterock Road and is one of Belfast's oldest public cemeteries. More »

  • Belfast Bomb Attack Terrifies Passing Filipino Tourists
    Belfast Bomb Attack Terrifies Passing Filipino Tourists Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Politicians and police in Northern Ireland have slammed Republican dissidents for throwing an explosive device at a passing police car as it drove along the Falls Road near City Cemetery. The device detonated close to their vehicle - narrowly missing a Filipino family who were also driving past. Later a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman confirmed the attack: "Police in west Belfast have escaped serious injury tonight after an explosive device detonated close to their vehicle on the Falls Road. More »

  • Bomb thrown at police in Northern Ireland
    Bomb thrown at police in Northern Ireland Sat, Mar 15, 2014

    Police officers in Northern Ireland came under attack when an explosive device was thrown at their vehicle in Belfast, a police spokesman said. More »

  • ‘Booby trap’ bomb found under car in Belfast
    ‘Booby trap’ bomb found under car in Belfast Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    The viable device was made safe and police are now appealing for information. More »

  • Norfolk Helicopter Crash: Tory Peer and Northern Ireland's Richest Man Lord …
    Norfolk Helicopter Crash: Tory Peer and Northern Ireland's Richest Man Lord … Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    Conservative peer and Northern Ireland's richest man Lord Ballyedmond has been named as one of the four people killed in the helicopter crash in Norfolk. The four victims, all men, were killed after the helicopter - an Augusta Westland 8W139 - came down in woodland in Gillingham, near Beccles in Norfolk. It is not yet known what caused the helicopter to crash, but visibility was said to be poor due to the foggy weather conditions. Emergency Services and the Air Accidents Investigation have now launched an inquiry into the crash. More »

  • Northern Ireland's richest man among four dead in crash
    Northern Ireland's richest man among four dead in crash Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    Northern Ireland's richest man Edward Haughey was among four people killed when a civilian helicopter crashed in eastern England on Thursday evening, the pharmaceutical company he owned said on Friday. Among them was Haughey, 70, a member of Britain's upper house of parliament who was Northern Ireland's richest man with an estimated wealth of £600 million, according to the Sunday Times newspaper's annual Rich List. Haughey, who also served in the upper chamber of parliament in the Irish Republic where he was born, was the founder and chairman of Northern Ireland-based Norbrook Laboratories, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company in the world. The company employs over 1,700 people and former Northern Ireland economy minister Reg Empey said Haughey had brought quality employment to the British province during the "darkest days" of its 30 years of paramilitary violence. More »

  • 75-year-old man arrested over deadly UVF bomb at Belfast pub in 1971
    75-year-old man arrested over deadly UVF bomb at Belfast pub in 1971 Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    Fifteen people died in the bomb at McGurk’s Bar in north Belfast more than four decades ago. More »

  • Clinton Heckled During Northern Ireland Speech
    Clinton Heckled During Northern Ireland Speech Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    The former US president Bill Clinton has been heckled over Iraq during a speech in Northern Ireland. Speaking about the ongoing peace process, Mr Clinton was interrupted as he spoke about how the world had been "good to some" in recent years but "rough to others and it's been rough on you the past few years". As he continued his heckling, Mr Clinton responded with: "You wanna give this speech?" Mr Clinton was on a one-day visit that will culminate with him opening a new leadership institute at Queen's University in Belfast that has been named after him. More »

  • Belfast man shot in both arms and both legs
    Belfast man shot in both arms and both legs Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them. More »

  • Northern Ireland leader threatens to quit over IRA
    Northern Ireland leader threatens to quit over IRA Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    DUBLIN (AP) — The leader of Northern Ireland's unity government threatened to resign Wednesday because of revelations the British government supplied so-called "get out of jail free" letters to at least 187 Irish Republican Army fugitives as a secret part of peacemaking. More »

  • Can Lebanon follow in the footsteps of Northern Ireland?
    Can Lebanon follow in the footsteps of Northern Ireland? Thu, Feb 20, 2014

    A deeply divided Lebanon must build stronger institutions in adverse conditions. More »

  • The mysterious Dublin house has been found… but it’s in Belfast
    The mysterious Dublin house has been found… but it’s in Belfast Thu, Feb 20, 2014

    The history buffs on Boards.ie helped solve the architectural mystery within 24 hours. More »

  • Britain links suspect parcels to 'Northern Ireland terrorism' Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    Seven suspicious packages sent to army recruitment offices in England contained "viable devices" bearing the hallmarks of "Northern Ireland terrorism", a spokeswoman from Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Thursday. The Irish Republican Army abandoned its armed struggle for an end to British control of Northern Ireland and unification with Ireland in 1998. "Seven suspect packages have been identified as containing small, crude, but potentially viable devices bearing the hallmarks of Northern Ireland related terrorism," the spokeswoman said in a statement. More »

  • Belfast man sentenced to three years for threatening to kill Prince Harry
    Belfast man sentenced to three years for threatening to kill Prince Harry Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    Ashraf Islam, who was born Mark David Townley, walked into a police station in London last May and admitted his plans. More »

  • Belfast Baby Dies After Father Charged With GBH
    Belfast Baby Dies After Father Charged With GBH Sat, Feb 8, 2014

    A three-month-old baby girl died in hospital only hours after her father appeared in court charged with causing grievous bodily harm. On Wednesday night, the child was brought to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital from an address in the west of the city suffering serious injuries. More »

  • Man in Belfast shot in both knees and both ankles
    Man in Belfast shot in both knees and both ankles Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    Two men forced their way into a house in west Belfast this evening, police have said. More »

  • Missing Wicklow 15-year-old found in Northern Ireland
    Missing Wicklow 15-year-old found in Northern Ireland Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    Gardaí thanked the PSNI for its assistance. More »

  • Belfast baby in critical condition after attack, one man has been charged
    Belfast baby in critical condition after attack, one man has been charged Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    The baby was admitted to hospital on Wednesday. More »

  • DJ Hardwell to perform in Dublin following Belfast gig where dozens treated …
    DJ Hardwell to perform in Dublin following Belfast gig where dozens treated … Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    The gardaí said there are no special arrangements for the concert made yet adding it would be policed like any other event. More »

  • Belfast: Sixty People Treated For Drug Effects
    Belfast: Sixty People Treated For Drug Effects Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    Sixty young people have been treated for the effects of drink and drugs at a concert held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Sky's Ireland Correspondent David Blevins said the youngsters were attending a concert by Dutch DJ Hardwell when they fell ill. "But a number of Belfast hospitals are being put on alert and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service has declared this a major incident." Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesman John McPoland said the majority of those affected were suffering from too much alcohol and a major incident was declared because of the number of resources needed at the scene. More »

  • Dozens taken ill at Belfast concert
    Dozens taken ill at Belfast concert Thu, Feb 6, 2014

    Fourteen young concertgoers have been admitted to hospital and many more were treated at the scene during an incident in Belfast, health authorities said. More »

  • Seven young people hospitalised at Belfast gig
    Seven young people hospitalised at Belfast gig Thu, Feb 6, 2014

    Dutch DJ Hardwell is performing inside the arena. More »

  • 11 things the internet learned from Ross Kemp’s visit to Belfast
    11 things the internet learned from Ross Kemp’s visit to Belfast Wed, Feb 5, 2014

    The Belfast accent got subtitles. More »

  • Man being questioned over the shooting dead of Kevin Kearney in Belfast
    Man being questioned over the shooting dead of Kevin Kearney in Belfast Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    A group calling themselves “the IRA” had claimed responsibility for the killing. More »

  • ‘Thou shalt not laugh’: Bible play banned in Northern Ireland
    ‘Thou shalt not laugh’: Bible play banned in Northern Ireland Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    A play that was dubbed ‘blasphemous’ has been pulled from a council-run theatre. More »